Just the word latte sends our brains into a warm tizzy of splendor. These crispy cold days beg for a warm hug of a drink. A snuggly beverage that says..."Hey guys, everything is perfect..just like you. " OK, maybe that is something our partners and friends should tell us, but thats the exact feeling you will get from our favorite winter lattes.
A latte is traditionally an espresso with steamed milk but todays lattes are anything but traditional. They will all give you a pep in your step to start the day but these also have added health benefits and insane and exotic flavors.
CHAI- From Chai.com
Indian chai produces a warming, soothing effect, acts as a natural digestive aid and gives one a wonderful sense of well being.
Dirty chai latte borrowed from the beautiful Five and Spice
- 12 oz. nut milk
- 1 cinnamon stick (Whole Foods, TJs or World Market sell the sticks)
- 2 cardamom pods
- 5 peppercorns, pink or black
- 1 1/2 inch chunk of fresh ginger, peeled, and partially smashed with the flat of a large knife
- 2 Tbs. Agave
- 2 sachets of black tea (We love PJ Tips)
- 2 shots of espresso or strong coffee
- Lightly crush the spices together – you can do this in a large mortar and pestle, or by putting them in a small, closed back and crushing them with a rolling pin. Put the spices and the milk in a saucepan, bring just to a boil, then turn off the heat and allow to steep 8 minutes.
- Add the black tea and allow to steep 5 more minutes. Strain the milk. Return it to the saucepan (get any remaining spices out of the saucepan) and gently rewarm the milk if needed. Stir in the agave.
- Split the spiced milk between two mugs and add a shot of espresso to each
YERBA MATE- From Guyaki.com
The leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants. In fact, The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded "it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value" and that yerba mate contains "practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life."
Yerba Mate Latte- Lets be real this is just insanely fun to say. I had my first YML at RFD years ago and it was so good, so distinct and sweet yet nutty and gave me the most incredible energy. Its also incredibly easy to recreate.
- 1 tea bag of Yerba Mate tea
- 1 cup of steamed or boiled nut milk spiced with cinnamon, agave and nutmeg.
- Throw teabag into the steamed milk and steep for 5 minutes. Voila! Warm, snuggly, delicious energy!
And now for the best drink we have ever had. Seriously ever. No really! After having lunch at our local Cafe Gratitude our friend ordered a Turmeric Latte and one sip later the obsession grew.
Turmeric known for its healing properties and gorgeous color is also incredible as a spice. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and great for boosting immunities in your body.
After searching high and low we found and tested the best recipe out there from One Green Planet that rivals the Cafe Gratitude recipe. We served this at Thanksgiving and it was devoured.
- 1 cup fresh cashew or almond milk (soy milk will work fine too)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (adjust to your liking)
- Pinch of sea salt
- Optional: 1 tablespoon coconut milk or cream
- To make the cashew milk, soak 1 cup raw organic cashews in water for 30 minutes. Strain cashews and place into high-speed blender. Add 4 cups filtered water, a tablespoon of either maple syrup or 1 pitted Medjool date, and a pinch sea salt. Blend on high for 1 minute. Pour into a glass jar and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Make sure to shake prior to using because particles will settle.
- To make the latte, pour 1 cup fresh milk into a small saucepan. Add turmeric, ginger, vanilla, maple syrup, and sea salt. Whisk together. If you want it extra creamy add the coconut milk as well.
- Heat the mixture over medium-high heat. Begin whisking to froth the foam and reduce heat to medium-low when mixture beings to simmer. Try to keep the mixture from boiling. Continue whisking until the foam thickens. The turmeric and ginger also thicken the milk, giving the drink a creamy texture.
- Remove from heat and pour into your favorite cup.
Get warm, get snuggly and if you make a cup of our favorite lattes send us a photo! Or a cup...